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The Senate just voted to invoke cloture on S. 510 aka the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The vote 74-25 sets the road for the debate to begin.

Here we are facing yet another monstrous piece of legislation that Americans will have to demand be repealed.

The American government is determined to put small farmers out of business while enabling large corporations, which will, of course, send food prices skyrocketing while diminishing our choices.  Such a move includes backyard gardens.

The purpose of S. 510 aka the Food Safety Modernization Act is to regulate, control and enforce through license revocations, licensing requirements, control over the process and harvesting of produce and vegetables, fines and penalties included, i.e., red tape and legislation galore.

Its passage makes it illegal for individuals to grow fruits, vegetables, and other foods on their own property.  The government has already stepped up its agenda by fining, harassment of small farmers even arresting some.

Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia are among the co-sponsors of S. 510 introduced March 3, 2009 even though Chambliss this morning voted against cloture.

In short, S. 510 is a direct assault on the liberty and freedom of Americans to do that which we have done for centuries, grow fruit, herbs and vegetables on our own property, in our own backyards, terraces and apartment window sills.

Like everything else in the Obama administration, S. 510 is about power, control and the new world order.

We will, of course, have to lean hard on politicians both Democratic and Republican since both parties are in the pockets of those who stand to benefit from the passage of S. 510.


Top recipients for ALL supporting interest groups

Name Amount Received Vote On Passage
Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D, AR] $272,291
Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC] $161,936
Sen. John Thune [R, SD] $152,400
Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY] $144,750
Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA] $115,740
Sen. John Isakson [R, GA] $111,400
Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] $96,650
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY] $85,000
Sen. Robert Bennett [R, UT] $79,780
Sen. Charles Grassley [R, IA] $79,650
Rep. Roy Blunt [R, MO-7] $237,715
Rep. John Boehner [R, OH-8] $108,425
Rep. Devin Nunes [R, CA-21] $100,650
Rep. Mark Kirk [R, IL-10] $91,550
Rep. Jerry Moran [R, KS-1] $85,466
Rep. Allen Boyd [D, FL-2] $84,505
Rep. Jim Costa [D, CA-20] $75,300
Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7] $71,875
Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7] $69,500
Rep. Dennis Cardoza [D, CA-18] $65,400

Specific Organizations Supporting S.510

  • Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • National Fisheries Institute
  • General Mills
  • National Restaurant Association
  • Produce Marketing Association
  • Kraft Foods North America
  • Consumers Union
  • American Frozen Food Institute
  • United Fresh Produce Association
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Food Marketing Institute
  • American Public Health Association
  • Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention
  • Consumer Federation of America
  • International Bottled Water Association
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National Confectioners Association
  • National Consumers League
  • Pew Charitable Trust
  • Trust for America’s Health
  • Snack Food Association
  • Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP)
  • American Bakers Association
  • American Beverage Association
  • International Dairy Foods Association
  • International Foodservice Distributors Association
  • National Coffee Association
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Farmers, crop unspecified
  • Livestock
  • Republican/Conservative

Interests that oppose this bill:

Top recipients for ALL opposing interest groups

Name Amount Received
Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA] $765,537
Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] $438,521
Sen. Jim DeMint [R, SC] $237,457
Sen. John Thune [R, SD] $186,027
Sen. Robert Bennett [R, UT] $171,871
Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] $116,200
Sen. Thomas Coburn [R, OK] $105,906
Sen. David Vitter [R, LA] $101,319
Sen. John Cornyn [R, TX] $82,625
Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC] $70,800
Rep. Scott Murphy [D, NY-20] $330,625
Rep. Addison Wilson [R, SC-2] $196,781
Rep. Tom Graves [R, GA-9] $150,018
Rep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6] $149,622
Rep. Dina Titus [D, NV-3] $144,340
Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23] $137,817
Rep. Mark Kirk [R, IL-10] $117,710
Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10] $109,867
Rep. Roy Blunt [R, MO-7] $104,901
Rep. Anh Cao [R, LA-2] $79,350

Specific Organizations Opposing S.510

  • Weston A. Price Foundation
  • Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
  • National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association
  • Raw Milk Association of Colorado
  • Farm Family Defenders
  • American Grassfed Association
  • Small Farms Conservancy
  • National Family Farm Coalition
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • The John Birch Society

It should also be noted that Department of Homeland Security and Defense have been assigned to enforce S. 510.  Why?